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Venue: Huish Park
Sat 21st December 2002, 3pm kick-off.
Conditions: Damp - drizzle turning to rain.
Ground: Perfect - bare in goalmouths.
Nationwide Conference :
Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Stevenage Borough
Referee: Mr R East (Wilton)
Yeovil: Weale (49, foul)
Stevenage: McMahon (23, foul), Bell (45, foul), Fraser (82, foul). Red card: McMahon (76, 2nd bookable offence)
Line up : (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
2. Adam Lockwood
4. Terry Skiverton
14. Roy O'Brien
5. Colin Pluck
10. Nick Crittenden
6. Darren Way
8. Lee Johnson
11. Michael McIndoe
25. Kirk Jackson
20. Gavin Williams
Substitutes: 16. Andy Lindegaard, 18. Kim Grant, 22. Steven Collis, 24. Abdelhalim El Kholti (64, for O'Brien), 26. Jimmy Aggrey (28, for Skiverton)
Stevenage: (4-4-2) 1. Mark Westhead, 16. Jamie Campbell, 17. Jude Stirling, 28. Gary MacDonald, 2. Simon Travis, 3. Stuart Fraser, 8. Sam McMahon, 27. Richard Scott, 26. Leon Bell, 9. Justin Richards, 14. Martin Williams
Subs : 5. Jason Goodliffe (69, for MacDonald), 13. Philip Wilson, 18. DJ Campbell (83, for Stirling), 20. Jack Midson, 24. Michael Blackwood (76, for Bell)
Scorers: Kirk JACKSON (26, 1-0), Martin Williams (43, 1-1), Colin PLUCK (45, 2-1)
This report courtesy of Noddy Elms:
CHEEKY BOYS ARE NUMBER ONE FOR CHRISTMAS
Yeovil Town eased six points clear at the top of the Conference despite this
disappointing performance. As the game drew to its conclusion there was only
ever one team in it, the imminent result reflected the gulf between the
league positions of the two teams. But Yeovil performed well below their best
and disappointed the 4940 crowd who might have expected a demolition of a
Stevenage side who are currently struggling at the foot of the Conference
table and beset with injury woes.
To add insult to injury it was Stevenage old-boy Kirk Jackson who opened the
scoring after 25 minutes. Jackson turned on the Stevenage six-yard line to
fire past Mark Westhead after Michael MacIndoe had performed a miracle to
control Williams' cross at the far post. Yeovil 1 Stevenage 0. The ensuing
celebrations were from current chart hit "Cheeky Girls". Colin Pluck's
celebrations after his winning goal just before half time were more in
keeping with accepted celebrations. But in between, Stevenage shocked Yeovil
by grabbing an equaliser that they never really looked capable of.
Jackson was the proverbial thorn in Stevenage's side from the first minute,
picking up a loose ball to run at the Stevenage defence to fire inches past
Westhead's far post. Gary Johnson kept with the 4-4-2 formation that had
taken three points at Northwich, the returning Williams played alongside
Jackson up front. However, past performances have shown that "Gav" is not an
"out-and-out-striker". This view was underlined as Williams' contributed as
provider during the opening ten minutes.
After four minutes Williams sent in a teasing cross to the far post, but
Jackson and MacIndoe were unable to find a finishing touch. Two minutes later
Jackson had two shots blocked when Johnson and Williams combined on the right
wing. Jackson was on the end of a good cross on eight minutes but Westhead
collected well. After twelve minutes Williams' cross from the left was
touched on by Jackson but this drifted wide of the far post.
Yeovil held the majority of possession but when Stevenage attacked the Yeovil
defence were always in control. Stevenage's first strike on goal came from a
free kick, Scott blasting well over Weale's goal and out of the ground over
the Copse Road terrace. Stevenage's main contribution so far was one of
frustration, Stirling continued to annoy the Huish Park Main Stand by wasting
time whenever taking his side's throw-ins.
As the first half moved towards the half way mark Stevenage came more into
the game. McMahon battled for Stevenage in midfield, but his challenge on Way
only landed him in trouble with referee Mr East. The challenge was
undoubtedly crude and dangerous and, coupled with a repeat offence on Yeovil
substitute El Kholti in the second half eventually led to his early
On 25 minutes Kirk JACKSON grabbed the opener and the faithful at Huish Park began
to believe that they now support a team who are capable of "doing the
business" when it matters, guaranteeing maximum points against lowly
That feeling of euphoria evaporated a minute later when captain Skiverton
stayed down after a headed clearance from mid-field. It soon became apparent
that Skivvo would play now further part in the game. Jimmy Aggrey stepped up
from the subs bench to make his Huish Park debut, his first contribution was
a strong midfield challenge that set McIndoe down the left wing.
For those of a nervous disposition Stevenage appeared dangerous. But, despite
much good approach play attacks often fizzled out when the final ball went
astray. Stevenage managed to put it all together on 42 minutes. They managed
to work the ball into the Yeovil box to Martin WILLIAMS. Williams'
persistence took him to the edge of the six-yard box where he beat Weale to
the ball and hooked the ball back across the goal. Pluck could only look on
as Williams' shot dribbled into the far side of the goal in front of him.
Yeovil 1 Stevenage 1.
If watching Yeovil over the years teaches you anything, it teaches you not to
miss a minute of the action. Don't join the queue at the Bovril bar before
the half time whistle blows: else you will miss many goals through a season.
Today was one such day. As the Stevenage supporter's celebrations began to
die away at Huish Park Campbell conceded a free kick just outside his
penalty box, winning himself a yellow card in the process. McIndoe's free
kick was floated temptingly into the Stevenage box and eventually dropped in
front of Colin PLUCK, the Yeovil defender. Pluck, who had hit the woodwork
twice at Northwich a week earlier, stooped low and headed past Westhead. He
rose from the ground and wheeled away to celebrate in front of the Huish Park
Main Stand. Yeovil 2 Stevenage 1.
Half Time: Yeovil Town 2 Stevenage Borough 1.
The first half could hardly be described as thrilling, but at least there
were a number of goalmouth incidences, the second half got even worse.
The first incidence of the second half saw Yeovil keeper Weale slicing a back
pass, conceding a foul and receiving a yellow card in the process. Stevenage
won a couple of corners from which they looked dangerous, playing the ball
into the near post. First Sterling, then Jamie Campbell, fired over.
Stevenage enjoyed their best period of the game after the break. Instead of
time wasting they tried to play football and, as they had performed at
Broadhall Way in September, looked a decent team. But that all fell apart
when McMahon received his marching orders after 75 minutes. El Kholti had
replaced O'Brien after 63 minutes when Yeovil switched to a 3-5-2 formation
and they now swamped the midfield. Against ten men they dominated a defeated
Stevenage side and there was little opportunity for a Stevenage comeback.
Although Weale was called upon to collect dangerous looking through balls,
Yeovil were always in control. In fact, as the game had started, Kirk Jackson
who came back into the game. The first of two right-wing crosses was headed
closely wide; the later forced a good save from Westhead. Despite three
minutes of added time Yeovil were always in control.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Stevenage Borough 1.
It may not have been pretty, but it is effective. Three points in the bag,
six points clear at the top of the Conference. While other clubs are now
losing, Yeovil continue to be winners.
Internet Man of the Match Voting Result:
Overall match rating: 6.1 / 10
39 votes received.
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